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HWM Singapore

October 2021

HWM Singapore is a monthly consumer technology publication covering the 3Cs of tech -- Computers, Consumer Electronics & Communications (and now Software & Games). A strong technology brand with independent editions throughout South-east Asia since 2000, HWM Singapore is known for its authoritative product comparison shootouts, analytical feature stories, benchmarked product reviews and technical walkthroughs. Feast your eyes on easy-to-read layouts, useful tips and decisive reviews, before plonking that hard-earned dollar on the best technology for you, your social circle and your home.

Country:
Singapore
Language:
English
Publisher:
SPH Media Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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US$33.99
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
an apple a year...

IPHONE SEASON IS always exciting for the features the new phones bring, but we’ve gone through enough iterations of “best iPhone yet” statements to look past performance boasting. Case in point, if you didn’t notice, Apple didn’t actually announce how much better the A15 is over the A14 chipset during their California Streaming event. An oddity perhaps, or even wilder conspiracy theories regarding diminishing improvements, but I’d like to see it as a shift in focus towards real-world usability over paper specifications. As our mobile phones become an indispensable extension to our daily lives, it’s no longer a ‘device’ sitting in the domain of tech geeks where victory is declared based on arbitrary numbers churned out by a benchmark. Sure, the numbers are there if you want to look, but have…

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5 min
apple takes its first serious step into outdoor cycling fitness

Up until now, tracking features on the Apple watches for cycling have been pretty limited - functions like auto-pause and ride detection that most of us cyclists take for granted on our Garmin or Wahoo computers are absent. But watchOS 8 will change all of these and then some. “And this year just felt like the right time to pull together features that not just people who might consider themselves as pro cyclists, but also everyone who rides a bike could enjoy.” That Apple showed and focused on a mountain biker during the presentation is a watershed moment for cyclists using an Apple Watch. It’s possibly the only major fitness segment that the company hasn’t quite dominate like it did with other mainstream fitness areas like jogging and yoga. With cycling facing…

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5 min
common misconceptions about 5g

MYTH: 5G is just for phones. REALITY: 5G will power a wide spectrum of devices and technologies. 5G is a technology that can benefit our phone and enable new business models. 5G, or 5th Generation, represents a milestone where a mobile network standard was created with more than phones in mind. It was created to power the era of distributed intelligence where the convergence of superpowers such as AI, pervasive connectivity, cloud-to-edge infrastructure, and increasingly ubiquitous compute come together to power incredible innovation. “5G, OR 5TH GENERATION, REPRESENTS A MILESTONE WHERE A MOBILE NETWORK STANDARD WAS CREATED WITH MORE THAN PHONES IN MIND.” With 5G, the processing power doesn’t all reside on a device either. By merging high-speed wireless networking with cloud, edge and AI, even the tiniest of devices are capable of massive…

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23 min
apple iphone 13 and13 pro series review

Lucky number 13? Despite reservations about the name, Apple has stuck with what’s sensible and went with the number 13 for their latest iPhones. You might have already heard, Apple’s newest iPhones are the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, and the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max . No surprises, there. However, there are some profound changes compared to last year’s lineup and that could affect your purchasing decision. Sit down, grab a cuppa, this is a long one. DESIGN Last year’s iPhones got a major redesign so we knew we weren’t going to be getting phones that look drastically different this year. The basic recipe for this year’s iPhones is nearly identical to last year’s models. In fact, unless you know what to look out for, you’d be…

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4 min
plug and play convenience

The new Razer Barracuda X bills itself as a wireless headset that does it all. It succeeds for the most part, while also taking a step in a brand new direction for Razer. The Barracuda X is a driverless headset (software-wise) that does not connect to Razer Synapse. The Barracuda X looks a lot more like the noise-cancelling Razer Opus, which is less of a gaming headset. It’s devoid of any RGB lighting or Razer’s signature green accents on the headset, and even the triple-headed snake logo is a muted black on the ear cups. The boom microphone can be removed too, for an even more discreet look when you’re wearing them outside. The headset is relatively light at 250g, and I’m able to wear it for long hours without any discomfort.…

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4 min
huge step forward

Life is Strange is one of my favourite games of all time, and I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with the series ever since it started churning out sequels. When you pick up a Life is Strange game, you expect memorable characters and a powerful story that navigates mature themes meaningfully. True Colours puts you in the shoes of Alex Chen, a foster kid abandoned by her father and separated from her brother in her youth. After years of being tossed about in the foster system, she finally reconnects with her brother, Gabe Chen, who invites her over to his home in Haven Springs. The game begins with Alex stepping foot in Haven for the very first time and meeting its citizens, all of whom have important roles to play in the…

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